OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the ability of quantitative 18F-FDG PET parameters to predict outcomes of patients with malignant melanoma who have been treated with immune modulation therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS. We retrospectively investigated 34 patients with malignant melanoma. Twenty-three patients received immunotherapy as first-line therapy, and 11 patients received it as second-line therapy. The maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax), metabolic tumor volume, tumor lesion glycolysis, and intratumoral metabolic heterogeneity (as measured by the tumor heterogeneity [TH] index) were measured for the primary tumors and metastatic sites associated with up to five of the most FDG-avid lesions per patient. The TH index was calculated as the AUC value of a cumulative SUV volume histogram curve for all patients. The median follow-up was 29.5 months (range, 3-288 months). Outcome endpoints were progression-free survival and overall survival. Kaplan-Meier survival plots were used, and Cox regression analysis was performed for predictors of survival. RESULTS. A total of 101 lesions were analyzed. Five lesions were analyzed in 12 patients, four lesions in three patients, three lesions in three patients, two lesions in four patients, and one lesion in 12 patients. Of the 34 patients included in the study, 15 (44.1%) had disease progression and 11 (32.3%) had died by the time the last follow-up occurred. The mean (± SD) SUV max, peak SUV, metabolic tumor volume, tumor lesion glycolysis, and TH values for all lesions were 9.68 ± 6.6, 7.82 ± 5.83, 81.96 ± 146.87 mL, 543.65 ± 1022.92 g, and 5841.36 ± 1249.85, respectively. TH had a negative correlation with SUVmax, peak SUV, and tumor lesion glycolysis (p < 0.0001 for all). CONCLUSION. The TH index is significantly associated with overall survival in patients with metastatic melanoma treated with immune modulation therapy as first-line or second-line therapy.
- F-FDG PET/CT
- Metastatic melanoma
- Tumor heterogeneity
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging